While the Himachal Pradesh government has opened its borders to tourists without the need of e-pass or any formality, the Spiti Tourism Society has decided not to open its door for the tourists in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Fearing an influx of visitors amid the pandemic Spiti will remain closed this year. Spiti Valley attracts countless tourists because of its breathtaking beauty, monasteries, and famous Chandratal lake.
No tourism activity will be allowed in the Spiti valley area including trekking, camping, package tours and jeep safaris. We feel you, mountain lovers! The decision was taken after talking to local residents and stakeholders such as travel associates, villagers, hoteliers, guides, homestay owners, cab drivers, panchayat spokespersons, Mahila Mandal, Yuva Mandal, Vayapaar Mandal and the local committee formed by villagers in their fight against COVID-19. Several meetings were held before arriving at this decision as the economy of Spiti valley is largely dependent on tourism.
The high altitude locales of Spiti Valley is one of the most stunning places to visit in India. However an absence of developed infrastructure and medical facilities in a remote area with harsh geographical conditions makes it tough to tackle COVID cases. However, the Spiti Tourism Society admits that the shutdown will have adverse effects on the economy but it was a necessary step to curb the spread of Coronavirus. With winters approaching the valley will be far more vulnerable. Anyone needing medical assistance will have to be taken outside Spiti and maintaining social distancing in cold conditions will not be possible. Hence the decision to keep the region tourist-free is beneficial for the people.
In other parts of Himachal Pradesh the mandatory carrying of an e-pass or registration for tourists is no longer in place. While inter-state buses are barred, inter-state travelling is being allowed. Hotels are also slowly opening up to cater to the needs of tourists especially in places like Manali which receives tourists all round the year. The government also allowed bars to open earlier this month with strict standard operating protocols (SOPs). Do read the blog Manali hotels to reopen if you want to know about the relaxed entry restrictions in the Himachal Pradesh for tourists.
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